It has been almost a month now since we first freaked when a new dog terrorized our chickens, and only two weeks since we first “met” this dog. He has come so far, and we have so far yet to go. I’d hoped to spend more time shaping this early cameo of Dingo’s early days, but alas, the Muse now carries a leash and a peanut-butter Kong and does very little typing. There have been times over the past week when I was sure …

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So again, the blog is a bookmark to bits in other places. I jotted down some thoughts at the end of days-long “what if” mind play about how civilization, technology and culture might be today had Earth events not delivered to us various forms of carbon, packaged in mass quantities underground, ostensibly for the eventual discovery by homo sapiens and use of human genius, to drive what we have come to know as modern civilization. Click the blue bar to read the whole piece at medium.com or just read …

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I’ve made this claim often here and elsewhere, having observed the evolution of a half-century of new electronic eyes and ears to better grasp the state of the planet. We can’t say we did not know the extent of change our one species has brought to every single place on Earth, on land and sea and in the very air. It is the change we bring to forests that holds my attention lately, “forest” being the word we use to describe the wooded areas between cities and …

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So what do you call them? And if you say you’ve never seen them before or held one (or a couple of dozen) in your hands as a child, well–the pity. We called them roly-polies. You might have called them pill bugs or sow bugs or wood lice, but they are not bugs nor lice, and they are not even insects. They are more closely related to shrimp and lobsters, and are Crustaceans living on land–the only ones fully capable of doing so. And judging …

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It has turned out, finally, to be a colorful fall, after taking its sweet time to color up.  So if  you’re looking for an excuse to take a drive across Floyd County at peak color, I have a serving suggestion. Why not drive the Parkway from Mabry Mill to take Annie Lane (I think it’s called) at Milepost 135.9 over to 221. Then head towards Roanoke a few miles to Bent Mt. The Mountain Faire and Foliage Artisan Craft Show will be held this …

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